Aaron Donald may not be invited to the Heisman presentation, but when it came to every other award, it was a clean sweep for him.
Earlier this week, Donald won the Bronko Nagurski Award and on Wednesday, he claimed the Lombardi Award. He didn't stop there, though. On Thursday, he took home the Outland Trophy, given to the best interior lineman in college football.
Oh yeah, he won the Chuck Bednarik Award, too, given to the top defensive player.
In other words, Donald won all four major college football awards he was up for. No one in Pitt history had ever done that before. That's not to say that Donald is as good as some of the legendary guys that have played for Pitt, but to pretend he doesn't even to be mentioned in the same breath as some of Pitt's all-time greats isn't really fair, either. Donald's season at Pitt was one for the ages and as I wrote last week when I argued for his number to be retired, he's also had more than one good year.
Donald won't win the Heisman, and to be honest, that's perfectly fair to me. It's hard to justify giving it to him on such a mediocre team when others like Jameis Winston have had such great years for top teams. But having swept four major awards, you've got to think that it's a bit ridiculous for him not to have been invited as a finalist.